MV Agusta F3 800 Ago Now Officially Debuts

We already announced the bike last November, and brought you a bevy of hi-res images of the special edition machine. Although now that we think of it, MV Agusta never released anything on this Giacomo Agostini tribute motorcycle — better late than never, right? Back at the EICMA show launch, where the MV Agusta F3 800 Ago was first shown to the public (and Agostini himself), the Varese brand promised us two additional motorcycle launches in early 2014. MV Agsuta made good on half that promise with the Dragster 800 model, hopefully this Ago special edition isn’t the other half of that statement, and MV Agusta still has something waiting in the wings. That being said, the Tricolore & Gold paint scheme is gorgeous, and looks even better in person.

Isle of Man TT Gets TV Deal for Australia & USA

Want to watch the Isle of Man TT from the comfort of your non-British TV, but haven’t been able to in the past? A new TV from the Isle of Man’s Department of Economic Development will do just that. Inking a new TV contract with North One TV, the Isle of Man TT will be televised in the American, Australian, and of course British markets, making it easier than ever to watch the iconic road race. With a five-year contract with the Velocity Channel in the US, the American cable channel will show seven one-hour race shows. Each segment will air within 24hrs of each race, and be tailored for the American market.

Castiglioni Denies Fiat Buyout of MV Agusta Is in the Works

After reporting 22% growth in Q1 2014, Giovanni Castiglioni had some closing words about the rumors that Fiat could acquire MV Agusta — a popular rumor that has been swirling around in the press the last two months. Denying outright that MV Agusta had, or was in, talks with the Fiat-Chrysler group about an acquisition (some reports linked even MV Agusta to being bought by Fiat-owned Ferrari), Castiglioni said the Italian company solely was focused on building growth, and building motorcycles. “Moreover, I’d like to take this opportunity to deny rumours circulated by the media over the last few days concerning supposed negotiations vis-à-vis the sale of a share of MV Agusta to the Fiat-Chrysler Group,” said Giovanni Castiglioni, the President and CEO of MV Agusta.

A 2WD Hybrid-Electric Motorcycle for the US Military?

In the coming years, US special forces may be riding a tw0-wheel drive, hybrid-electric, multi-fuel motorcycle co-developed by BRD Motorcycles and Logos Technologies. Helping make this project possible is a Small Business Innovation Research grant from DARPA. The goal is to make a single-track vehicle for US expeditionary and special forces that will be nearly silent in operation, yet also capable of traveling long distances. Details on the proposed machine are light, of course, but it sounds like the 2WD dirt bike will be based off the BRD RedShift MX (shown above), and use an electric drivetrain, as well as a multi-fuel internal combustion engine to achieve its goals.

Colin Edwards Will Retire from Racing after 2014 Season

Announcing his decision during the pre-event press conference for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, Colin Edwards told the assembled press that 2014 would be the Texan’s last season racing a motorcycle. Citing a lack of improvement on his performance in pre-season testing and at the Qatar GP, Edwards decision perhaps answers the lingering question in the paddock of when the American rider would hang-up his spurs after an illustrious career in AMA, WSBK and MotoGP. Talking about his inability to come to terms with the Forward Yamaha, which Aleix Espargaro was able to take to the front of the pack in Qatar, Edwards was at a loss when it came to understanding the Open Class machine and his lack of results.

MSF Updates Its Basic RiderCourse Curriculum

It is no surprise that statistics from the NHTSA show that motorcycle accidents and injuries are on the rise. According to the 2012 Motor Vehicle Crash report published by the NHTSA, motorcycle fatalities for that year rose to 4,957, up seven percent from 2011, while injuries increased 15% to 93,000. While the NHTSA statistics are misleading because the motorcycle category includes mopeds, scooters, three-wheelers, pocket bikes, mini bikes, and off-road vehicles, new riders need every advantage they can afford. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has taken notice of these statistics and has revised the curriculum for its Basic RiderCourse to include a new Basic eCourse, which students will take prior to in-person instruction.

Yamaha Trademarks “R1S” & “R1M” at USPTO – “YZF-R1M” Trademarked Abroad – But Why?

Are new Yamaha YZF-R1 models coming down the pipe? That’s the question being asked after trademark filings in the US and abroad tipped off Yamaha Motor’s intention to use “R1S”, “R1M”, and “YZF-R1M” for motorcycle, scooter, and three-wheeled purposes. The filings are being taken as hints towards a possible multiple trim levels of the Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike, with the “S” and “M” designations being different spec machines than the current base model. The “S” nomenclature is a popular one in the two and four-wheeled world, though “M” would certainly be a novel designation, outside of say…BMW.

Bell & COTA Create Texas-Themed Limited-Edition Helmet

Continuing its theme of making limited-edition helmets for premier-class US rounds, Bell Helmets has teamed up with the Circuit of the Americas and Chris Wood, of Airtrix, to create a Texas-themed Bell Star Carbon helmet, just in time for COTA’s MotoGP race next weekend. Available only until April 13th, the Bell/COTA helmet features a red, white, and blue flag motif on the front, with both the American and State of Texas flags visible, which then wrap around the rear to merge with a hardwood design, reminiscent of the floorboards in a Western saloon. The helmet is also crowned with a Longhorn cattle skull, which adds to the Texan motif. The specially designed helmet also features a horseshoe, the COTA logo, and the 2014 Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas logo.

Aprilia Mounting a Return to MotoGP in 2016

Towards the end of the 800cc era, MotoGP looked to be in dire condition. Grids were dwindling, factories were reducing their participation, and teams were in difficult financial straits indeed. By the end of 2011, there were just 17 full time entries, Suzuki was down to a single rider, and were about to pull out entirely for 2012. How different the situation looks today. In a recent interview with the official MotoGP.com website, Aprilia Corse’s new boss Romano Albesiano gave a brief outline of their plans. The Italian factory will continue to work with the IODA Racing team for 2014 to collect data on the electronics and tires, which they will use as input on an entirely new project being worked on for 2016.

This Is Pretty Much What the Monster 800 Will Look Like

With the advent of the Ducati Monster 1200, it was only a matter of time before Ducati’s middleweight liquid-cooled “Monster 800″ would be spotted, and unsurprisingly the machines have a great deal in common. The one big difference seems to be that the 821cc Monster gets a double-sided swingarm, which has become Ducati’s new way of differentiating between its big and medium displacement models of the same machine, see entry for Ducati 899 Panigale. With the spied Ducati Monster 800 looking ready for primetime, and a pre-fall launch isn’t out of the question. Giving us an excellent glimpse into what the Ducati Monster 800 would look like, Luca Bar has again used his Photoshop skills to render up images of the still unreleased “baby” Monster.

No, This is the “90%” New Ducati Desmosedici GP12

01/30/2012 @ 8:49 am, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS

No, This is the 90% New Ducati Desmosedici GP12 Ducati Desmosedici GP12 Valentino Rossi 635x474

You may have been misled by some eager journalists today and yesterday, if you saw a Ducati Corse livery-clad Ducati Desmosedici GP12 that some sites were passing off as the first shots of the “90% new” GP12. With the alleged new GP12 looking surprisingly similar to the aluminum-framed “GP0″ that was tested at Valencia, Valentino Rossi’s mechanic has now Alex Briggs confirmed that the photos taken were not of the all new “GP12 Phoenix” that the factory team will race this season. While the Ducati lords can taketh away, they can also giveth, and Valentino Rossi himself has posted the first photo of the factory Desmosedici GP12, and the bike is clearly different.

Of course the changes everyone has been talking aboutfor the past months about are still hidden underneath the factory Desmosedici’s clothing, as Ducati has been able to adjust the GP12′s weight distribution on this new iteration. Though it’s likely to have remain unchanged, there has been considerable speculation that Ducati Corse’s Desmosedici GP12 will have a narrower cylinder angle, and depart from the 90° arrangement.

You’ll note the use of the words “factory team Desmosedici” as the satellite Ducati squads will use bikes based off the GP0 design, which debuted at the Valencia test last year. Karel Abraham has already debuted AB Cardion’s version of the satellite GP12, and while it sports an aluminum perimeter-style frame (rumored to have been built by British engineering firm FTR), we can see now that it varies slightly from the chassis the factory team is using at Sepang.

Photos That Are Not of the Ducati Desmosedici GP12 “Phoenix”:

Photos That Are of the Ducati Desmosedici GP12 “Phoenix”:

Source: Valentino Rossi (Twitter)

Comment:

  1. frijole says:

    I wanna see er nekkid… whats the motor angle?

  2. Laurençio says:

    What an ugly machine? I hope it cures Ducati’s MotoGP ills.

  3. doug says:

    Hmmm, looks a little dated and awkward…. Looks like an 84 Ninja

  4. BBQdog says:

    Tank made of rubber ??

  5. Patrick says:

    Who cares how it looks. If it’s fast it’s fast.

  6. Keith says:

    doug, you say that like it’s a bad thing. 8^)

  7. Dc4go says:

    I’LL TAKE THAT UGLY DUCKLING AS LONG AS IT’S FAST RACE IN RACE OUT!!!

  8. Bryan says:

    Ugly?? I LOVE the look of raw unfinished race bikes!

  9. mark says:

    Based on the photos of the new bike, I believe it’s still a 90deg V, but rotated backwards. The rear chassis cross member/shock mount is much further back than the GP0 to make room for the rear cylinder being further back than previous. A narrower V angle would have left the rear bank where it was, and closed the angle of the front bank.

    This makes sense, since a narrower V angle would require much more than just a new case, since the increased vibration would require a balance shaft, as well as different exhaust tuning, both of which Ducati has no data and experience with.

    A new engine case, with cylinders arranged in a V rather than an L, would allow the same cylinders and heads to be used, as well as all the same tuning data and models to still be used, while allowing the engine to be moved forward in the chassis. It’s still not ideal, since the more forward position of the engine is partially offset by the more rearward tilt of the rear top end, but should still result in a more forward overall weight distribution than the previous design. Hopefully it’s enough to do the trick!

  10. 76 says:

    Mark I would not be so quick to say the 90 is still there, I agree its rotated backwards but the amount of clearence from the front wheel to leading edge of fairing seems to have greatly increased based on comparing the 2 shots (GP0 to Phoenix). Its tough without true sideviews though.

    Fingers crossed this thing makes some headway, GP needs this bike getting into the thick of it

  11. Glenn Plummer says:

    So does this mean my new Ducati Sport Bike will be a genuine replica of the failed GP11? Maybe it’s time to consider the Aprilia Factory. I sure don’t want a trackday tool with zero feedback at every corner. That could get real exspensive real fast.

  12. mark says:

    I don’t think the CF monocoque frame of the GP11 had anything to do with the lack of front end feel, but rather the lack of weight on the front tire, preventing the tire from heating up enough to perform optimally.
    If the new 1199 was good enough to impress Troy Baylis, it’ll be good enough for you.

  13. Glenn Plummer says:

    So true Mark. And my 10/10th’s is really like Troy putting around the track.